What Has Charlotte to Do with Jerusalem?

The Democrats have removed reference to God—specifically, to God-given rights—from the Democratic Party Platform. They’ve also removed recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. This is hugely important, and not for the reasons that most people think. The first is not just an expression of secularism, which has been integral to the Democratic Party for decades. It’s a full embrace of Rousseau, and a … Continue reading What Has Charlotte to Do with Jerusalem?

Religion and Reason

Ever since the Enlightenment, a standard line has been that religion is irrational; if only we could get rid of it, rationality would reign. Recent studies cast doubt on that view: From Hollywood to the academy, nonbelievers are convinced that a decline in traditional religious belief would lead to a smarter, more scientifically literate and even more civilized populace. The reality is that the New … Continue reading Religion and Reason

“Bin Laden Wants My Blood”

Flemming Rose proposes that we answer Osama Bin Laden’s latest with defiance. What should the response of Europe be? More cartoons or less cartoons? What kind of civilization are we, after all, if we refrain from mocking and ridiculing bin Laden and his followers? In related news, the Bangladeshi cartoonist who drew a cartoon about a cat, was convicted and sentenced to a one-month jail … Continue reading “Bin Laden Wants My Blood”

“Imagine there’s no heaven…”

Imagine there’s no heaven It’s easy if you try No hell below us Above us only sky…. John Lennon’s “Imagine,” a Marxist anthem that for some reason strikes many as inspirational, asks us to imagine an atheistic universe in which peace, justice, and unity reign. The twentieth century doesn’t offer much evidence of the positive effects of atheism, but let that pass. Even Lennon thought … Continue reading “Imagine there’s no heaven…”

“Relating to the Legal System”

The Archbishop of Canterbury, head of the Church of England, holder of the office once held by St. Cuthbert, St. Dunstan, St. Anselm, St. Thomas Becket, and Robert Kilwardby, says that British adoption of certain aspects of sharia is unavoidable: Dr Rowan Williams told Radio 4’s World at One that the UK has to “face up to the fact” that some of its citizens do … Continue reading “Relating to the Legal System”